South Seattle

Police: Suspect stabs man, dog with hypodermic needle in Seattle park

SEATTLE -- A man was arrested after he stabbed a Georgetown resident and his dog with a hypodermic needle while they were walking through Ruby Chow Park early last Tuesday, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was walking his two dogs through the park shortly before 3 a.m. when he was approached by a man with no shoes on.

The victim told officers the suspect first asked for a lighter, which he didn't have, and then offered him some marijuana, which he declined.

He said the suspect continued to pester him, and when he turned down the offered marijuana a second time, the suspect turned aggressive.

According to the report, the suspect pulled out a hypodermic needle and stabbed one of the victim's dogs with it. The terrified victim tried to pull his dog away from the suspect, tripped and fell to the ground.

The suspect stabbed the victim twice in the face with the needle and told him he now has a disease, according to the report.

The victim said he was able to fend off further attacks, run home and call 911.

Officers arrived at the park to find the suspect still there. According to the report, the suspect admitted to everything -- including offering the victim marijuana and stabbing the victim's dog with a hypodermic needle -- except stabbing the victim in the face.

The suspect reportedly told officers the victim sicced his dog on him after turning down the marijuana, and he stabbed the dog in self defense.

According to the report, the suspect showed officers injuries on his wrist he said he got when the victim's dog bit him. But, officers noted the injuries appeared to be old and already scabbed over.

The suspect was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

The victim was told to get a medical screening as soon as possible.